Even after falling, Dominick Reyes rises in light heavyweight rankings

Dominick Reyes did not quite take over the 205-pound division on Feb. 8, but his performance against Jon Jones earned him high praise. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Dominick Reyes did not become UFC light heavyweight champion in his Feb. 8 fight against Jon Jones. But Reyes gave the all-time great the fight of his life, so much so that there's been talk of a rematch. And despite the loss, the big Californian's performance also earned him a jump in the latest ESPN divisional rankings.

Reyes is not the only 205-pounder to make a statement. Jan Blachowicz did it the conventional way -- with a victory. One week after Reyes came up big, the Polish fighter made even more noise with a first-round knockout of top-five light heavyweight Corey Anderson. That enabled Blachowicz to also make an upward move in the division.

There's movement elsewhere as well. Check out my rankings within each MMA weight division by clicking on the links below.

You might notice differences between these and my pound-for-pound rankings. The divisional ones are based entirely on results. So while I have Rose Namajunas ahead of Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade on my pound-for-pound list, because I believe she is the best fighter of three, I have Jedrzejczyk ahead in my strawweight rankings because of her most recent showings, including her split-decision loss to champion Zhang Weili. For me, the criteria are different.

For a list of current UFC champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results are current; rankings as of March 11.

Heavyweight - Light heavyweight - Middleweight - Welterweight
Lightweight - Men's featherweight - Men's bantamweight - Men's flyweight
Women's bantamweight - Women's flyweight - Strawweight

HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 265 pounds)

1. Stipe Miocic

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO4) Daniel Cormier, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

2. Daniel Cormier

Record: 22-2, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Stipe Miocic, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

3. Francis Ngannou

Record: 14-3
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, June 29
Next: March 28 vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

4. Curtis Blaydes

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (TKO2) Junior dos Santos, Jan. 25
Next: June 20 vs. Alexander Volkov

5. Junior dos Santos

Record: 21-7
Last: L (TKO2) Curtis Blaydes, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

6. Derrick Lewis

Record: 23-7
Last: W (UD) Ilir Latifi, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

7. Alexander Volkov

Record: 31-7
Last: W (UD) Greg Hardy, Nov. 9
Next: June 20 vs. Curtis Blaydes

8. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Record: 10-0
Last: W (TKO5) Alistair Overeem, Dec. 7
Next: March 28 vs. Francis Ngannou

10. Alistair Overeem

Record: 45-18, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO5) Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Dec. 7
Next: April 11 vs. Walt Harris

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (up to 205 pounds)

1. Jon Jones

Record: 26-1, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Dominick Reyes, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

2. Ryan Bader

Record: 27-5, 1 NC
Last: NC Cheick Kongo, Sept. 7
Next: May 9 vs. Vadim Nemkov

3. Dominick Reyes

Previous ranking: 4

Record: 12-1
Last: L (UD) Jon Jones, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

4. Jan Blachowicz

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 26-8
Last: W (KO1) Corey Anderson, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

5. Anthony Smith

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 32-14
Last: W (SUB4) Alexander Gustafsson, June 1
Next: April 25 vs. Glover Teixeira

6. Thiago Santos

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 21-7
Last: L (SD) Jon Jones, July 6
Next: TBD

7. Corey Anderson

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 13-5
Last: L (KO1) Jan Blachowicz, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

8. Volkan Oezdemir

Record: 17-4
Last: W (SD) Aleksandar Rakic, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

9. Glover Teixeira

Record: 30-7
Last: W (SD) Nikita Krylov, Sept. 14
Next: April 25 vs. Anthony Smith

10. Aleksandar Rakic

Record: 12-2
Last: L (SD) Volkan Oezdemir, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

MIDDLEWEIGHT (up to 185 pounds)

1. Israel Adesanya

Record: 19-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, March 7
Next: TBD

2. Robert Whittaker

Record: 20-5
Last: L (TKO2) Israel Adesanya, Oct. 6
Next: Aug. 15 vs Darren Till

3. Paulo Costa

Record: 13-0
Last: W (UD) Yoel Romero, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

4. Yoel Romero

Record: 13-5
Last: L (UD) Israel Adesanya, March 7
Next: TBD

5. Jared Cannonier

Record: 13-4
Last: W (TKO2) Jack Hermansson, Sept. 28
Next: TBD

6. Darren Till

Record: 18-2-1
Last: W (SD) Kelvin Gastelum, Nov. 2
Next: Aug. 15 vs Robert Whittaker

7. Kelvin Gastelum

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Darren Till, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

8. Jack Hermansson

Record: 20-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jared Cannonier, Sept. 28
Next: May 2 vs. Chris Weidman

9. Ronaldo Souza

Record: 26-8 1 NC
Last: L (SD) Jan Blachowicz, Nov. 16
Next: April 18 vs. Uriah Hall

10. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Record: 10-0
Last: W (MD) Gegard Mousasi, June 22
Next: TBD

WELTERWEIGHT (up to 170 pounds)

1. Kamaru Usman

Record: 16-1
Last: W (TKO5) Colby Covington, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Jorge Masvidal

Record: 35-13
Last: W (TKO3) Nate Diaz, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

3. Colby Covington

Record: 15-2
Last: L (TKO5) Kamaru Usman, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

4. Douglas Lima

Record: 32-7
Last: W (UD) Rory MacDonald, Oct. 26
Next: May 9 vs. Gegard Mousasi

5. Tyron Woodley

Record: 19-4-1
Last: L (UD) Kamaru Usman, March 2
Next: March 21 vs. Leon Edwards

6. Leon Edwards

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, July 20
Next: March 21 vs. Tyron Woodley

7. Rory MacDonald

Record: 21-6-1
Last: L (UD) Douglas Lima, Oct. 26
Next: TBD

8. Stephen Thompson

Record: 15-4-1
Last: W (UD) Vicente Luque, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

9. Michael Chiesa

Previous ranking: None
Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Rafael dos Anjos, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

10. Demian Maia

Previous ranking: None
Record: 28-9
Last: W (SUB3) Ben Askren, Oct. 26
Next: March 14 vs. Gilbert Burns

LIGHTWEIGHT (up to 155 pounds)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Record: 28-0
Last: W (SUB3) Dustin Poirier, Sept. 7
Next: April 18 vs. Tony Ferguson

2. Tony Ferguson

Record: 25-3
Last: W (TKO2) Donald Cerrone, June 8
Next: April 18 vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

3. Dustin Poirier

Record: 25-6
Last: L (SUB3) Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sept. 7
Next: TBD

4. Justin Gaethje

Record: 21-2
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Sept. 14
Next: TBD

5. Dan Hooker

Previous ranking: 8
Record: 20-8
Last: W (SD) Paul Felder, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

6. Paul Felder

Previous ranking: 5
Record: 17-5
Last: L (SD) Dan Hooker, Feb. 22
Next: TBD

7. Conor McGregor

Previous ranking: 6
Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Donald Cerrone, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

8. Michael Chandler

Previous ranking: 7
Record: 20-5
Last: W (KO1) Sydney Outlaw, Dec. 28
Next: TBD

9. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: March 13 vs. Pedro Carvalho

10. Kevin Lee

Record: 18-5
Last: W (KO1) Gregor Gillespie, Nov. 2
Next: March 14 vs. Charles Oliveira

MEN'S FEATHERWEIGHT (up to 145 pounds)

1. Alexander Volkanovski

Record: 21-1
Last: W (UD) Max Holloway, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

2. Max Holloway

Record: 21-5
Last: L (UD) Alexander Volkanovski, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Brian Ortega

Record: 14-1, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO4) Max Holloway, Dec. 8
Next: TBA

4. Patricio Freire

Record: 30-4
Last: W (UD) Juan Archuleta, Sept. 28
Next: TBD vs. Pedro Carvalho

5. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Record: 18-1
Last: W (UD) Calvin Kattar, Nov. 9
Next: TBD

6. Yair Rodriguez

Record: 13-2, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Jeremy Stephens, Oct. 18
Next: TBD

7. Chan Sung Jung

Record: 16-5
Last: W (TKO1) Frankie Edgar, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

8. Josh Emmett

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO2) Mirsad Bektic, July 13
Next: TBD

9. Renato Moicano

Record: 13-3-1
Last: L (TKO1) Chan Suing Jung, June 22
Next: TBD

10. Calvin Kattar

Record: 20-4
Last: L (UD) Zabit Magomedsharipov, Nov. 9
Next: April 18 vs. Jeremy Stephens

MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: May 9 vs. Jose Aldo

2. Marlon Moraes

Record: 23-6-1
Last: W (SD) Jose Aldo, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Aljamain Sterling

Record: 18-3
Last: W (UD) Pedro Munhoz, June 8
Next: TBD

4. Petr Yan

Record: 14-1
Last: W (KO3) Urijah Faber, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

5. Jose Aldo

Record: 28-6
Last: L (SD) Marlon Moraes, Dec. 14
Next: May 9 vs. Henry Cejudo

6. Dominick Cruz

Record: 22-2
Last: L (UD) Cody Garbrandt, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: TBD

7. Cory Sandhagen

Record: 12-1
Last: W (UD) Raphael Assuncao, Aug. 17
Next: TBD

8. Raphael Assuncao

Record: 27-7
Last: L (UD) Cory Sandhagen, Aug. 17
Next: March 28 vs. Cody Garbrandt

9. Pedro Munhoz

Record: 18-4, 1 NC
Last: L (UD) Aljamain Sterling, June 8
Next: TBD

10. Cody Garbrandt

Record: 11-3
Last: L (TKO1) Pedro Munhoz, March 2
Next: TBD

MEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Henry Cejudo

Record: 15-2
Last: W (TKO3) Marlon Moraes, June 8
Next: May 9 vs. Jose Aldo

2. Demetrious Johnson

Record: 30-3-1
Last: W (UD) Dannyu Kingad, Oct. 12
Next: April 11 vs. Adriano Moraes

3. Deiveson Figueiredo

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 18-1
Last: W (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, Feb. 29
Next: TBD

4. Joseph Benavidez

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 28-6
Last: L (TKO2) Deiveson Figueiredo, Feb. 29
Next: TBD

5. Alexandre Pantoja

Record: 22-4
Last: W (TKO1) Matt Schnell, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

6. Jussier Formiga

Record: 23-6
Last: L (TKO2) Joseph Benavidez, June 29
Next: TBD

7. Rogerio Bontorin

Record: 16-2
Last: L (UD) Ray Borg, Feb. 15
Next: TBD

8. Alex Perez

Record: 23-5
Last: W (SUB1) Jordan Espinosa, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

9. Sergio Pettis

Record: 19-5
Last: W (SUB1) Alfred Khashakyan, Jan. 25
Next: TBD

10. Brandon Moreno

Record: 16-5-1
Last: W (UD) Kai Kara-France, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT (up to 135 pounds)

1. Amanda Nunes

Record: 19-4
Last: W (UD) Germaine de Randamie, Dec. 14
Next: May 9 vs. Felicia Spencer

2. Germaine de Randamie

Record: 9-4
Last: L (UD) Amanda Nunes, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

3. Aspen Ladd

Record: 9-1
Last: W (TKO3) Yana Kunitskaya, Dec. 7
Next: March 28 vs. Julianna Peña

4. Julianna Peña

Record: 9-3
Last: W (UD) Nicco Montaño, July 13
Next: March 28 vs. Aspen Ladd

5. Irene Aldana

Record: 12-5
Last: W (KO1) Ketlen Vieira, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

6. Holly Holm

Record: 13-5
Last: W (UD) Raquel Pennington, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

7. Ketlen Vieira

Record: 10-1
Last: L (TKO1) Irene Aldana, Dec. 14
Next: May 9 vs. Marion Reneau

8. Raquel Pennington

Record: 9-8
Last: L (UD) Holly Holm, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

9. Cat Zingano

Record: 10-4
Last: L (TKO1) Megan Anderson, Dec. 29
Next: TBD

10. Yana Kunitskaya

Record: 15-5, 1 NC
Last: L (TKO3) Aspen Ladd, Dec. 7
Next: TBD

WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT (up to 125 pounds)

1. Valentina Shevchenko

Record: 19-3
Last: W (TKO3) Katlyn Chookagian, Feb. 8
Next: June 6 vs. Joanne Calderwood

2. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Record: 11-0
Last: W (UD) Kate Jackson, Dec. 21
Next: TBD

3. Katlyn Chookagian

Record: 13-3
Last: L (TKO3) Valentina Shevchenko, Feb. 8
Next: TBD

4. Joanne Calderwood

Record: 14-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Sept. 7
Next: June 6 vs. Valentina Shevchenko

5. Liz Carmouche

Record: 13-7
Last: L (UD) Valentina Shevchenko, Aug. 10
Next: May 29 vs. Mandy Bohm

6. Jennifer Maia

Record: 17-6-1
Last: L (UD) Katlyn Chookagian, Nov. 2
Next: TBD

7. Roxanne Modafferi

Record: 23-16
Last: W (UD) Maycee Barber, Jan. 18
Next: TBD

8. Jessica Eye

Record: 15-7, 1 NC
Last: W (UD) Viviane Araujo
Next: TBD

9. Viviane Araujo

Record: 8-2
Last: L (UD) Jessica Eye, Dec. 14
Next: TBD

10. Lauren Murphy

Previous ranking: None
Record: 12-4
Last: W (SD) Andrea Lee, Feb. 8
Next: TBD


Weili, Joanna scrap in fight for the ages

Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk trade blows throughout their championship bout at UFC 248. For more UFC, sign up for ESPN+ at http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

STRAWWEIGHT (up to 115 pounds)

1. Zhang Weili

Record: 21-1
Last: W (SD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, March 7
Next: TBD

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Previous ranking: 4
Record: 16-4
Last: L (SD) Zhang Weili, March 7
Next: TBD

3. Jessica Andrade

Previous ranking: 2
Record: 20-7
Last: L (TKO1) Zhang Weili, Aug. 31
Next: April 18 vs. Rose Namajunas

4. Rose Namajunas

Previous ranking: 3
Record: 8-4
Last: L (TKO2) Jessica Andrade, May 11
Next: April 18 vs. Jessica Andrade

5. Tatiana Suarez

Record: 9-0
Last: W (UD) Nina Ansaroff, June 8
Next: TBD

6. Nina Ansaroff

Record: 10-6
Last: L (UD) Tatiana Suarez, June 8
Next: TBD

7. Michelle Waterson

Record: 17-7
Last: L (UD) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Oct. 12
Next: April 11 vs. Carla Esparza

8. Claudia Gadelha

Record: 17-4
Last: W (UD) Randa Markos, July 6
Next: TBD

9. Carla Esparza

Record: 15-6
Last: W (MD) Alexa Grasso, Sept. 21
Next: April 11 vs. Michelle Waterson

10. Marina Rodriguez

Record: 12-0-2
Last: MD Cynthia Cavillo, Dec. 7
Next: TBD